1Actun Tunichil Muknal
Belizerecommended Actun Tunichil Muknal"ATM," as it is referred to here, is simply a must-do part of mainland Belize. A cave system that explorers still have not mapped completely, ancient Maya populations believed that ATM was the ... read moreentrance to the underworld. And once you head in (with a guide), you'll quickly see why. After swimming across the flooded entrance, leaving the lush jungle and precious sunlight behind, you quickly find yourself looking at a silhouette in the cave wall that looks a whole lot like an enormous face. Later on, when you'll be dependent on headlamps and flashlights (but where the Maya used torches), you'll see how rock formations form human-like shadows on the cave walls - depictions that appear as the God of the Underworld in many Mayan paintings. After a mile or so of walking through the watery cavern, your guide will take you up a ledge and into an area filled with stalactites, pottery, and incredibly well-preserved skeletons. One skeleton is completely intact, and otherwise you'll just see a random skull her and there. It is believed that the Maya made human sacrifices in this cave, which is remarkable considering how long they had to walk with a torch and a presumably-resistant fellow human. Guides can be booked in San Ignacio, and tell a terrific story. It's a little pricey by local standards, but even backpackers on a shoestring budget will be glad they splurged on ATM..Comment.about 1 year ago. ReportEvan Roth-Howe
If you guys go to mainland Belize, find a way to get to the ATM caves. Pricey by Belizean standards, but well worth it.3The Tropics Hotel
18 Hicaco Avenue | Beach Front, Caye Caulker 00000, Belizerecommended The Tropics HotelProbably the best value on the island for budget travelers (we checked a lot of places before settling on this one), The Tropics offers large private rooms with two double beds and private bathrooms ... read more(a luxury for our very low-budget trip). A small, sandy courtyard with beach chairs and picnic tables is the only thing separating you from the beach, and while this isn't the best spot on the island to swim, the views are terrific. The front desk also organizes snorkel, diving, and sailing trips, although we found better deals elsewhere on the island.Recommended for:.Comment.about 1 year ago. ReportEvan Roth-Howe
Caye Caulker is small and there are a ton of beachfront hotels, just walk along and check a few out if you don't like this one.